Although we’re not huge State Farm fans, today I’d like to reference one of the insurance company’s recent studies, which says that November is the worst month for deer-car accidents.
According to the study, Michigan has the fourth highest amount of deer-car crashes in the entire country. West Virginia comes in first.
Deer hunting season is here. This also means it’s the time of year when we have deer in roads, sometimes causing very serious car accidents. I still represent several people who continue to recover attendant care (in-home nursing services) from near-fatal car accidents involving deer that left them with life-altering injuries.
Deer-car accidents are very serious, and deer caused over 50,000 car crashes in Michigan last year alone. But despite all of this, most drivers don’t know what to do when they are suddenly confronted with a deer.
First, consider the statistics, from the Michigan Deer Crash Coalition:
The deer are here. Literally. There was one in the middle of my street last week. Next week, Michigan deer hunting season begins. And that means that this is the time of year when there are more deer running into highways and onto roads.
Did you know that Michigan has more than 60,000 deer-car accidents every year? In 2010, nearly 1,500 people were injured and 11 people were killed as a result of collisions with deer, according to Michigan Traffic Crash Facts.